'expensive' 'power hungry'
- Re: Flashing visible light
beacon Posted by: "Ralph Wallio,
Sun Feb 3, 2008 6:54 am (PST)
Flashing lights of any sort can be used on
Part-101 EXEMPT flights because they are not required.
Required flashing beacons for NON-EXEMPT flights
-must- be FAA certified devices (read 'expensive'
and 'power hungry').
Ralph: You forgot to mention 'heavy' as well!
FWIW, I am in the process of getting a white and red
LED light set certified for manned use. Current
lights used for manned balloons use incandescent bulbs
and are power hogs. I was absolutely stunned to hear
a man (FAA certified balloon repair station and seller
of such a device under STC) recommend unscrewing the
continuously lit bulb from the light set he sells,
because the power consumption is too high with it on.
In the gas balloon events, flights of over 48 hours
are common, so a power miserly light set will be an
- Mark ng0x